Course Rules


1. Practising on the course during casual play is prohibited.


Members must use the practice ground.
Playing any shot outside the putting area onto the putting green adjacent to the Clubhouse is prohibited. The small practice ground to the left of the 3rd and 18th fairways, as the holes are played, is an integral part of the course although practice before play is permissible.


2. Out Of Bounds - A ball lying:


a)  On the car park.


b)  On or in the Clubhouse.


c)  On the surfaced paths and flowerbeds adjacent to the Clubhouse.


d)  In the greenkeepers’ compound.


e)  On the large practice ground and any ball played onto it must not be retrieved.


f)  Over the boundary fence or over the centre line, of the base, of a boundary hedge.


g)  Out of Bounds for any ball on the man-made path or beyond, to the right of the 18th hole (as played) adjoining the short game and practice area.


3. Immovable Obstructions - Rule 24-2


a) All pop-up sprinklers and associated equipment are immovable obstructions and relief from interference by them may be obtained under Rule 24-2. In addition, if such an obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green of the hole being played, intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole providing the ball is within two club-lengths of such an obstruction, the player may obtain relief without penalty.


All yardage markers.


All steps and artificial surfaces.


4. Protection of Trees Identified by Stakes


If such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or the area of intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b(i) (Immovable Obstruction).


The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.


Penalty for Breach of Rule 4: Match Play - Loss of Hole; Stroke Play - Two Stroke


5. Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1 apples).


6. R & A approved distance measuring devices may be used (Ref page 181 R & A Rule Book).
PLEASE NOTE: Conforming mobile phone apps are allowed.


7. Recognised golf attire must be worn on the premises. No Denim, No Trainers at any time. No Shorts in the Dining Room at specified times.


8. Aeration Holes: On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation. Through the green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.


9. Temporary greens marked out in preparation by encircled white lines or dashes should be treated as Ground Under Repair, Play Prohibited. If a player's ball lies in one of these areas, or if one of these areas interferes with the player's stance or the area of his intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 25-1.



The following two rules (10 &11) are for winter only


10. Preferred Lies: * Unless otherwise amended the preferred lies period for our union is 1st Oct to 31st April*. A ball on any area mown to fairway height or less, through the green may be lifted, cleaned and placed within 6"(150mm) of where it originally lay, not nearer the hole. Moving the ball with the club head constitutes a breach of the rules. After the ball has been so placed it is in play.


PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes


11. Use of Fairway Mats in All Play (including Qualifying competitions):


A ball that comes to rest on a closely mown area through the green on holes 4,6,9,14 & 15 MUST (except if putting) be lifted, placed and played on and from a plastic mat / Astroturf, or similar type of mat. The mat must be placed as near as possible to where the ball originally lay. The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this Local rule. You may OPTIONALLY use the mat in the same way on all other holes. If a ball when placed rolls from the mat it may be replaced without penalty. If it still fails to remain on the mat, the mat must be moved to the nearest spot not nearer the hole where the ball when placed on it, will remain at rest. There is no penalty should the ball move or be moved after being placed on the mat and before making a stroke, including when addressing the ball or taking a practice swing. Should a tee peg be used to secure the mat the ball must not be placed on the tee (except on Par 3 tees) . You must tee off from a mat on all Par 3 tee areas. If using a tee to play from, it must be placed within the mat.


Local Rule G (Will be adopted into R & A Rules in next rules cycle)


"Moved ball on the green"


Rules 18-218-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:


When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.


The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.


This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental. 


Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced."


 Local Rule M


"Miscellaneous Course Damage"


Temporary Local Rule – Through the Green


To be implemented Monday 9th January 2016 until further notice


‘Through the Green’ is the whole area of the course except:


a. The teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played; and


b. All hazards on the course


All course renovation works ‘through the green’, including sand slits, newly seeded areas, drainage disruption and damage caused by heavy equipment including tyre tracks, is ground under repair (GUR), even if not so marked with white lines. If a player’s ball lies in such a condition, or if such condition interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 25-1b(i): Abnormal Ground Conditions -


If the ball lies through the green, the player must lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club- length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green. When the ball is dropped within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the condition and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

For any additional information please contact the Pro Shop.



These are the only local rules.  Any other local rules written down or not are null and void.

Additional temporary local rules may be introduced at the discretion of the committee to cover unusual events and must be removed at the earliest opportunity.                        

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